Before I started searching, I already had a very cheap mobile plan for my mobile phone. I was using M-Budget Maxi One with 2GB of data per month for 29 CHF per month. This is pretty cheap as Switzerland goes. However, I’m very rarely using mobile data on my phone. I’ve got WiFi at work, WiFi at home and WiFi at the gym. Moreover, I don’t use my phone a lot. To be honest, I don’t really like smart phones. Even though they are sometimes practical, they are mostly a burden and are destroying social life for a lot of people.
Moreover, some public places such as restaurants are starting to offer free WiFi for their guests. However, there is not that many public WiFi in Switzerland. Especially when you compare with countries such as China and the United States where you can find free WiFi almost anywhere.
Since I didn’t need so much data every month, I checked if there were cheaper options for less data per month. So I decided to switch to the M-Budget Mini One plan with 600 MB of data per month for 19 CHF per month. This will save me 10 CHF per month (120 CHF per year). It’s not a big saving but it’s already a good. And it’s a very easy change. I’ll have to be a bit careful about using my phone when going out. But it should be fine.
It’s even a good occasion to reduce even further the use of my phone. Since there are no delays, I can also switch back to Maxi One if I cannot keep below the limit. But this should be fine. This month, I’ve used less than 60 MB on my phone. I’m guessing that compared to most people, I’m really not using a lot of data every month ;)
So, if you pay a lot for your phone plan, be sure to check if there are no alternatives that could be more frugal and try to save some money! Even if your mobile plan is a small part of your budget, you should still pay only for what you need! I think it’s very important to often study all your recurring expenses. You need to make sure that you don’t pay more than you need. This is some money that you can save every month. You can even invest small amount every month.
What about you ? How are you saving money ? Do you have a better option for mobile plan ?